Oxford AI in Fintech and Open Banking Programme

Online AI in Fintech and Open Banking programme brought to you by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Orientation starts:

13 October 2021


6 weeks

Registration closes:

20 October 2021


7-10 hours per week, collaborative online learning



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Certificate issued by:

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford



Orientation starts: 13 October 2021

Length: 6 weeks

Registration closes: 20 October 2021

Effort: 7-10 hours per week, collaborative online learning

Price: £2,350

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Certificate issued by: Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Language: English

Prepare for the AI revolution in Open Banking

In this six week, hands-on, project-based programme, you will:


  • Examine the potential and power that AI can bring to the financial services industry
  • Learn to think strategically about AI and understand the business impact as access to financial data becomes more open
  • Explore what is happening in the major financial centres and regions that are leading the way in Open Banking
  • Develop a deep understanding of the AI-driven data economy and how it impacts Open Banking
  • Learn how Open Banking emerged, the need for it, and how AI is driving and delivering new services and products
  • Be guided through your own AI-enabled capstone project, using appropriate AI technologies and understanding the ethical and legal implications
  • Through the capstone project, you’ll have the opportunity to pull together your own ideas and present your own project as a value pitch to potential investors, a persuasive presentation to executives at your company, or a tool to pursue a new career
  • Earn a certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and join a global network of financial innovators

"In a world where big data and consequently data-driven businesses are disrupting all markets, it is critical for those working in finance to have a clear understanding of how data and AI are transforming their industry and what they can do about it--as an entrepreneur, as a decision maker in a larger firm, or as a regulator. This programme will first take the participants through the basics of AI, and then explore the many opportunities it provides in the data-intensive industry of finance while flagging the pitfalls they may face in adoption."

Pinar Ozcan, Programme Director and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,

Saïd Business School,University of Oxford

Why study AI in Fintech and Open Banking?

Big data powered by AI is dramatically reshaping the global financial services industry, and Open Banking promises to transform it further still. As Open Banking expands across the globe, the unleashing of data will open up new market opportunities with the potential to radically transform the industry, creating new winners, losers, rewards and challenges.

Programme curriculum


An overview of the programme, the next-generation AI-platforms used to deliver it, and an introduction to your international cohort members.

Module 1: Introduction to AI and Data Basics

An introduction to the criticality of data in financial services, and how AI is unlocking new products, services and innovation in the financial services industry:

  • Differentiate between ML and AI use in banking, and how both can be used to solve consumer challenges
  • Understand how AI complements human intelligence and how can this be used to solve specific business problems
  • Learn why data-based decision making impacts end consumers and transforms industries
  • Understanding the ethical challenges that arise from AI and ML

Module 2: Open Banking and the Data Revolution

Understanding Open Banking, why it emerged and what happens to the data being opened by it, including:

  • How Open Banking is creating competition for the incumbents by unbundling the financial services that banks offer, and the opportunities being created
  • Thinking through the challenges and the regulations, considering views from different markets and how Open Banking has been regulated
  • Evaluating what opportunities and challenges have arisen, and what impacts have been made on the industry

Module 3: AI in Incumbent Banks and The Opportunities for New Entrants 

A practical and tangible look at the current state of the use of AI in banks and new market entrants, including analysis of:

  • Views from incumbent banks with a realistic view of how they are making use of AI, their challenges and successes, potential for services enhancement, and how they can transform themselves through AI
  • Views from new fintech entrants, the opportunities they are presenting, and the challenges that they are facing

Module 4: Platforms as Key Market Players

The rise of big tech platforms as key market players in finance:

  • Who are the platforms - Amazon, Google, Apple, etc. - and how are they disrupting the financial sector with data?
  • How will regulations and Open Banking impact platforms?
  • What should businesses be thinking about and doing in the face of possible disruption by the platforms?

Module 5: AI Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Ethics

Examining the ethical issues surrounding data, including discrimination, privacy and competition:

  • How can discrimination and privacy issues be avoided in data usage?
  • What are the current related legal challenges and how are they dealt with around the world?
  • Compare the ethics of competition between small and large companies

Module 6: Open Data, AI Strategy, and The Future

Look ahead to the future of open data and Open Banking and examining what it means for the finance industry:

  • What opportunities and challenges does it create?
  • Understanding the evolving nature of AI and how to create feasible strategies
    Evaluate trend predictions for both the private and public sector
  • Synthesise your six week learning journey with presentation of an experiential learning “capstone project”

How you will learn

The Oxford AI in Fintech and Open Banking Programme is built specifically for busy executives. The programme design incorporates cognitive and neuroscience research to help busy professionals learn faster and more efficiently, through the use of AI to enhance the collaborative learning experience and build rapport among programme participants.

Each week you will engage in a mixture of:

  • Digital videos or audio content, augmented by material created exclusively for the programme
  • Quizzes and exercises designed specifically to help you understand and retain new information
  • Dialogue with expert instructors and your peers via discussion forums and small group sessions
  • Simulations and other carefully crafted interactions to provide an engaging learning experience
  • Real-life examples that place information in context to help you understand how the concepts delivered in the programme material can be applied to your work environment
  • AI coaching to improve your and your team’s collaboration

Our high impact programmes deliver results:

  • Higher learner engagement
  • Improved industry recognition
  • Expanded professional networking opportunities
  • Increased confidence in career exploration
  • Enhanced employability and job security
  • Advanced learning opportunities with discounts on future online programmes

Success you can count on:

  • AI-enabled eLearning technology for efficient and effective collaborative learning
  • 30x improvement on completion rates compared to other online programmes
  • Immediate applicability to your career

Why invest in this programme

Key benefits of the Oxford AI in Fintech and Open Banking Programme include:


  • Career advancement: The certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, adds immediate value to your professional profile
  • Elite network: Our programme will significantly expand your professional community
  • Top credentials: Our curriculum is designed and delivered by world-leading academics and innovators
  • Efficient learning journey: Accelerated learning outcomes are supported by next-generational digital platforms and support from personal success coaches
  • Success you can count on: Our programme combines AI-enabled technologies, research and a collaborative peer-based environment to achieve a programme completion rate that exceeds industry average by over 90%*
  • Investment flexibility: We offer multiple payment options to help ensure our programme is affordable and accessible

Who you will learn from

Our programme faculty brings together thought leaders from the University of Oxford with industry experts, to facilitate the rapid application of theory to practice.

Your programme directors

Pinar Ozcar

Who You'll Learn From

Our programme faculty brings together thought leaders from the University of Oxford with industry experts and successful entrepreneurs, to facilitate the rapid application of theory to practice.

David Shrier

Programme Director, Oxford Fintech
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

David Shrier is a globally recognized authority on financial innovation, and has dual academic appointments at MIT and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. In addition to Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders, he created and leads the Oxford Fintech and Oxford Blockchain Strategy programmes. David advises corporations and governments on innovation and applications of technologies such as AI, blockchain, big data, and cyber security systems. His books include New Solutions for Cybersecurity, Trusted Data, and Basic Blockchain.

Programme Instructor
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Who you will learn from

Our programme faculty brings together thought leaders from the University of Oxford with industry experts, to facilitate the rapid application of theory to practice.

Oxford Faculty Director

Sadie Creese
Professor of Cyber Security, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Sadie Creese is a global subject matter expert on operational aspects of cybersecurity including threat detection, risk assessment and security architectures. She is the founding Director of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at the Oxford Martin School where she conducts research into what constitutes national cybersecurity capacity. She was also the founding Director of Oxford’s Cybersecurity network and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Cyber Security Centre’s Strategic Advisory Board. Prior to returning to academia, she worked as a cybersecurity expert for the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Sadie has a DPhil in Computer Science, an MSc in Computation and a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Philosophy.

Your programme instructors

Guest experts

Ajay Bhalla

President, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions, Mastercard Executive in Residence,
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Koral Anderson
Group Chief Security Officer, Deutsche Bank

Tal Bar Or

Founding partner and CEO of OCTOPUS

Patty Hatter
SVP, Global Customer Services,
Palo Alto Networks

A Certificate from a Top-Tier University

Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a certificate from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

What our learners say

The story telling components of the program are things I can put to use right away. ”

- Mark Weisman, SVP, Cyber and Product Intelligence, Mastercard

A good balance of technical capability as to the risk and opportunity of technology. ”

- Paul Trueman, SVP, Product Advancement, Mastercard

A mandatory curriculum for any business leaders making technological decisions. ”

- Jiri Kram, CTO, Vokl Corporation

The concepts around challenging the mindset made this an informative eye-opening learning journey. ”

- Bal Heire, Head of IT Operations, JTL

Our group collaboration was superb and in many ways extremely enjoyable. ”

- Adrian Amer, Barrister-at-Law

The programme was of significant value as we have been faced with many of the challenges addressed. ”

- Dylan Waddle, COO, M3t Financial Services

The programme structure was excellent, and facilitated engagement with other students. ”

- Adi Ben-Ari, Founder & CEO, Applied Blockchain

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